A concise, handy reference to one of America's most challenging health issues. Diabetes is not yet fully understood. Its main forms, Type 1 and Type 2, follow different courses of progression and require different types of treatments. The occurrence of Type 2 diabetes linked to obesity and inactivity is on the rise. More than 23 million children and adults suffer from diabetes, and approximately 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed in adults each year in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association. The A to Z of Diabetes is a complete guide to the different types of this disease, signs and symptoms, and management and treatment. The 246 entries explain the causes of diabetes, how the disease affects the body, and how it impacts daily life. Appendixes include directories of organisations, periodicals, research centres, and Web sites. Key topics include: Carbohydrate and carbohydrate counting Complications of diabetes Diabetic eye diseases Diabetic nephropathy Diabetic neuropathy Emergency issues Gestational diabetes Insulin and insulin pumps Lifestyle adaptations Medications.
William A. Petit Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P, F.A.C.E. , is a nationally recognized expert in diabetes and a clinical researcher and speaker. He was the medical director of the prestigious Joslin Diabetes Centre affiliate at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, Connecticut for a decade. Petit is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Centre and Medical School. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association, CT Chapter's Hall of Merit. Since the murder of his wife and two daughters, he has spent much of his time working for the Petit Family Foundation. Christine Adamec is a medical writer who has co-authored many books with physicians for Checkmark Books, including The A to Z of Addictions and Addictive Behaviors; The A-to-Z Guide to Elder Care; and The A to Z of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties, as well as medical books for other publishers including Fibromyalgia for Dummies, Prostate Cancer for Dummies, and How to Stop Heartburn.